Addressing inequality is crucial for delivering the promise to eradicate extreme global poverty. When seen through a child’s lens, it is also an important objective in its own right that should be reflected as an urgent international goal, argues a report by Save the Children.
National governments are steeped in debt, a billion
people live in poverty worldwide, and urgent warnings about climate
change are being ignored. In all three cases, the main reason is lack of
money. But the money is available - and could be harnessed through a global wealth tax of 1% per year, writes Richard Parncutt.
'The Wealth of the Commons' is a new book that explores the full
dimension of what the commons means in our lives, and details ways it
can be applied to transform politics, economics, culture and the fabric
of our communities. The following article is adapted from the book's introduction, by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich.
The final report on the Ecology Panel held at the 10th Rhodes Forum on October
5, 2012, included a call for a greater sharing of the world's resources in order to reverse the trend of increasing inequality and economic insecurity. By the Chair and Moderator of the Panel, Professor Kamran Mofid.
Our failure to share resources has resulted in severe social
consequences which cannot be divorced from any discussion about the
environment. The most pragmatic way to address both these crises is to share the world's resources more equitably and sustainably, argues Rajesh Makwana
STWR presented a paper entitled 'Envisioning a New Earth: Sharing the World's Resources' during the third plenary session of the World Public Forum 'Dialogue of Civilisations' 2012 conference, which took place in Rhodes, Greece. A video and edited transcript of the presentation are available below.
After three decades of sovereign debt crises in the Global South, debt has grown more complex and we are still unable to fight back. But measures could be taken to break the trap and fix the global financial architecture, explains Diana Hulova.
The idea of a ‘citizen’s income’ may sound unfeasible, but this is exactly how it
already is in Alaska and in Iran, in parts of Namibia and Brazil, and
will soon be in Mongolia. People like Tom Paine and Bertrand Russell have been advocating
it since the 1790s, and perhaps its time has come, argues Bill Jordan.
A discussion paper analyses how connected citizens
feel they are to the international institutions that regulate trade and
economic activity, and argues that both NGOs and international institutions need to
engage more actively in domestic economic debate in the current
challenging climate. Authored by Jim Metcalfe.
The final declaration of the 9th Asia-Europe People’s Forum held under
the title “People’s Solidarity against Poverty and for Sustainable
Development: Challenging Unjust and Unequal Development, Building States
of Citizens for citizens”.